Maurice GreeneSix Italian Arias, volume 1 (soprano voice, violin and basso continuo)
Six Italian Arias, volume 2 (soprano voice, violin and basso continuo)
Maurice Greene (1696 – 1755), who at the peak of his career was the most talented English composer working in Handel’s London, is already highly familiar on account of his anthems, keyboard music, dramatic music to English words and English songs, but there is also a largely hidden side to his oeuvre in the shape of a fairly substantial corpus of vocal chamber music on Italian texts. William Boyce, a former pupil of Greene and his successor as Master of the King’s Music, inherited his music and had these ‘Italian’ works bound into a single volume. When, after Boyce’s own death in 1779, his music collection was sold at auction, this volume was acquired by Philip Hayes, Professor of Music at Oxford. After Hayes’s death in 1797 it was briefly owned by the Reverend Osborne Wight, before passing in 1801 to its present location, the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
Michael Talbot: Maurice Greene, Faustina Bordoni and the note E
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